Program Linking Practical Engineering Skills with Global Humanitarian Service
We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interests in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world. Middle school, high school, and college teachers learn to teach the organization’s extensive curriculum during two-day workshops. These trained teachers then lead their students in building a standalone solar system called the We Share Solar Suitcase. As students build, they learn about global-energy poverty, basic electricity, solar energy, and engineering. Students donate one of their classroom’s We Share Solar Suitcases to a school or community center in an energy-poor region of the world. Classrooms reuse the remaining systems for ongoing education. We Share Solar works with partners in target countries to select placement sites, conduct installations, and educate users of the Solar Suitcase. These global partners share placement stories and photos with the student builders so students can see the full impact of their work. We Share Solar is funded by corporations and foundations who value community engagement.
SageModeler is an intuitive modeling tool being developed at TheConcord Consortium and the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University for middle school and high school students to build their own models and validate their model design using real-world data.
TechGirlz is a program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of CompTIA, which inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. To achieve its mission, TechGirlz has created engaging, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students.
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